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Some interesting readings from the Web

A nice story about UIDAI, by Lydia Polgreen, in the New York Times.

A new insight into India's north-east states: they are part of a region provisionally named Zomia. An interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Ruth Hammond. The book.

On 21 April 1956, Jawaharlal Nehru did the first convocation address at IIT, Kharagpur. It's a good read, and it's surprising how much of it makes sense in 2011. E.g.: in the larger context of history, and looking at it in this way it seems to me that at the present moment there is no more exciting place to live in than India. Mind you, I use the word exciting. I did not use the word comfortable or any other soothing word, because India is going to be a hard place to live in. Let there be no mistake about it; there is no room for soft living in India, not much room for leisure, although leisure, occasional leisure is good. But there is any amount of room in India for living the hard, exciting, creative adventure of life. In case you have not yet seen the Steve Jobs commencement speech, it is worth watching.

How civilised: Literature festivals in India, by Abhilasha Ojha in Mint.

A fascinating story from rural India about the differences between boys and girls on mathematics, by Maia Szalavitz in Time magazine.

Who's to blame for India's inflation and India's Inflation Is a Lesson for Fast-Growing Economies by Alex Frangos in the Wall Street Journal.

MichaleGraf from Flickr.

When do stock futures dominate price discovery? by Nidhi Aggarwal and Susan Thomas, IGIDR working paper, has some surprising results.

Anupama Chandrasekaran and Vidya Padmanabhan, in Mint, on Indian ventures into farming in Ethiopia.

Raghu Dayal in the Business Standard on the huge opportunities in better India-Bangladesh relations.

Mobis Philipose in Mint, on recent developments in SEBI and on currency derivatives trading.

We need a Hazare in the financial sector by Tamal Bandyopadhyay in Mint. N. Sundaresha Subramanian in the Business Standard. Ex-Sebi member to PM: ID leaked, family at grave risk by P. Vaidyanathan Iyer in the Indian Express. CVC to Fin Min: Probe both sides' complaints by Ritu Sarin in the Financial Express. And, reportage in India Today. Spat between Abraham, Sebi, finance ministry gets murkier by Appu Esthose Suresh in Mint. Supreme Court wants petition on Sebi refiled by Nikhil Kanekal and Appu Esthose Suresh in Mint. A first and then a second article on these issues, by R. Jagannathan, on Firstpost. An editorial in the Business Standard. Subhomoy Bhattacharjee in the Financial Express.

R. Jagannathan on post offices as banks (on Firstpost). And, you might like this related document.

China's A. Q. Khan problem: an article by Michael Wines in the New York Times.

A great story by Anthony Shadid in the New York Times about being on the run in Syria.

A great article by Paul Berman, in the New Republic, about Islamism.

Why is it so hard to find a suicide bomber these days by Charles Kurzman, in Foreign Policy.

Love and war, by Janine di Giovanni, in the New York Times.

What's next for the dollar? by Martin Feldstein.

Sussane Craig has a great profile, in the New York Times, of how Howard W. Lutnick brought Cantor Fitzgerald back to life after the firm was savaged in the 9/11 attacks.

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